Navigation Links
Wide Array of Stores Now Sell High-Calorie Snacks
Date:12/17/2009

They're at checkout counters of clothing stores, gas stations -- and adding to obesity epidemic, study says

THURSDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News) -- If you're hungry while shopping for a new sofa, don't despair: 22 percent of U.S. furniture stores now sell sweet or salty snacks, a new report finds.

In fact, the sale of high-calorie snack foods has moved far beyond grocery stores to hit most segments of the retail market, say the authors of the study published online Dec. 17 in the American Journal of Public Health. The easy availability of snack items might be contributing to America's obesity epidemic, the researchers said.

A team from Tulane University School of Public Health in New Orleans examined the availability of candy, salty snacks and sweetened drinks at retail outlets that did not sell food as their primary merchandise.

The researchers found snack food for sale in 41 percent of such stores. Candy was the most frequently sold item (in 33 percent), followed by sugary drinks (20 percent) and salty snacks (17 percent). Most often, high-calories products were found temptingly close to the checkout line, the study added.

Snack foods were found in nearly all pharmacies (96 percent), most gas stations (94 percent), more than a fifth (22 percent) of furniture stores, 16 percent of clothing stores and 29 to 65 percent of other non-food stores.

"The obesity epidemic in the United States is estimated to be responsible for more than 100,000 deaths per year, 20 times the estimated 5,000 deaths from food-borne infectious pathogens," the researchers wrote. "This epidemic should prompt public health experts to evaluate the contribution of the widespread availability of energy-dense snack foods and beverages to weight gain and to consider ways to address this availability."

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on obesity.



-- E.J. Mundell



SOURCE: Dec. 17, 2009, news release, American Public Health Association


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Arrayit Diagnostics to Bring First Pre-Symptomatic Ovarian Cancer Blood Test to Multi-Billion Dollar Diagnostic Market in 2010
2. Agendia to Present Broad Array of Data at 2009 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium
3. New and Updated Online Tutorials for ArrayExpress, Allen Brain Atlas and CleanEx from OpenHelix
4. Ambry Genetics Announces Launch of Chromosomal Microarray to Offer Whole Genome Analysis
5. CRis New Vectra(TM) Platform Rapidly Analyzes Tissue Slides and Microarrays in Brightfield and Fluorescence
6. MMR Information Systems, Inc. Joins With United Marketing Group to Offer Its MyMedicalRecords Personal Health Record and MyEsafeDepositBox Services to Vast Array of Nationally Recognized Partners
7. Autism Speaks Celebrates Second Annual World Autism Awareness Day with an Array of International Events on April 2
8. NxStage Applauds Array of Studies To Be Presented at American Society of Nephrology Meeting
9. Immucor Closes BioArray Acquisition
10. IPA Now Supports Affymetrix Exon Arrays and Additional Species
11. Novel DNA microarray chip predicts functional impairment and remission in rheumatoid arthritis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... If you are feeling that ... you are not alone. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ... 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... Francisco, CA (PRWEB) , ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... raise $792,000 to help combat pancreatic cancer. , Gary D. Radine, who recently retired ... also was the American Cancer Society’s 2015 CEO of the Year , helped ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... , ... Discover the Rocky Mountain region’s longest running and impressive garden and ... also get to see the most incredible gardens and home improvement experts that attend ... Colorado Convention Center - 700 14th St. Denver CO, is an exciting event that ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... Guruji Mahendra Kumar Trivedi is ... 11th, 2016 in honor of his birthday on February 10th. During this time, ... Trivedi is known by over 250,000 people from over 40 different countries as an ...
(Date:2/7/2016)... ... February 07, 2016 , ... HealthSmart Holdings, Inc. announced today ... the tools and information to lower the costs, and increase the impact of ... providing employee healthcare benefits by as much as 22%:, + Price and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/8/2016)... Feb.8, 2016 Alzheimer Diagnostic Tests - ... Medical Devices sector report , "Alzheimer Diagnostic ... an overview of Alzheimer Diagnostic Tests currently in ... on the pipeline products with comparative analysis of ... report reviews major players involved in the pipeline ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... 2016 Cardiovascular Surgery Devices - Medical ... Medical Devices sector report, "Cardiovascular Surgery Devices - ... of Cardiovascular Surgery Devices currently in pipeline stage. ... The report provides comprehensive information on the pipeline ... various stages of development. The report reviews major ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... NEW YORK , Feb. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... market, today announces its first male sexual enhancement ... enhancement, EnduramenT combines proven ethnobotanicals with a patented ... of nitric oxide, the chemical compound responsible for ... Forgoing the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: